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Act Now, Stay Secure campaign launched to warn First Nations Australians of cyber crime

A new cyber security campaign asks the question, “What are you risking online?” and calls on First Nations communities to educate themselves and others.

user icon David Hollingworth
Mon, 27 May 2024
Act Now, Stay Secure campaign launched to warn First Nations Australians of cyber-crime
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The Australian government has launched a new campaign to educate First Nations communities about the dangers of cyber crime.

The Act Now, Stay Secure campaign urges First Nations to follow three simple steps to stay secure online.

Mob should always use “strong and unique” passphrases instead of hard-to-remember passwords, and keep those passphrases secure with the help of a password manager.


Software should be kept secure by keeping on top of updates and turning on automatic updates wherever possible, while any prompts to update should not be ignored.

Finally, where possible multi-factor authentication should always be used, making it harder for criminals to access accounts that have been compromised.

Jack Reis, cyber security expert and Badulaig descendant, said these simple steps can make a world of difference.

“These simple steps can stop cyber criminals in their tracks and help protect all of us online,” Reis said in a statement.

“These days, we rely so much on the internet for our everyday lives. From online banking to paying bills and listening to music online, it can be so easy to fall for a scam or think that our data is secure. I’m calling on all First Nations people, and non-First Nations people, too, for that matter … to learn some simple steps to help protect themselves online, and to also have a yarn with your kids, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties and everyone in your community to make sure they stay safe online too.

“As First Nations people, it’s instinctive to protect and respect our people, culture and Country. By educating ourselves and our communities about cyber crime and adopting these simple online practices to help keep us safe, not only are we protecting our individual rights, but we’re also keeping our communities, our culture and our First Nations stories safe too.”

You can learn more about the Act Now, Stay Secure campaign here.

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth has been writing about technology for over 20 years, and has worked for a range of print and online titles in his career. He is enjoying getting to grips with cyber security, especially when it lets him talk about Lego.

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